CECAFA Women: Ikwaput Brace Gets Uganda Off the Mark


Wednesday, June 1
•Burundi 3-0 Djibouti
•Uganda 2-0 Rwanda

Thursday, June 6
•Zanzibar Vs Ethiopia – 1pm
•Tanzania Vs South Sudan – 4pm

Fazilah Ikwaput scored a double as Uganda Crested Cranes beat Rwanda and get their 2022 CECAFA Women Senior Championship campaign up and running at FUFA Technical Centre in Njeru.

Ikwaput put the hosts in the lead before halftime; passing it into unguarded net after Shamirah Nalugya had shown great awareness to steal the ball before the goalkeeper had a grasp on it.

The Lady Doves striker doubled the lead at restart when she was picked by Hassifa Nassuna from a distance to chip over an on-rushing goalkeeper.

Crested Cranes. fufa photo

The 2017 FUFA Female Player of the Year could have finished with an hat-trick as Uganda dominated for extended stretches.

She played a one-two with substitute Sandra Nabweteme only for her resultant effort from close range to be kept out by the goalkeeper.

She also had a rebound off the target, after the Rwandese goalkeeper had punched away Margaret Kunihira effort.

She also earlier had a chance to put Uganda ahead when the goalkeeperlkeeper rushed out of her area but she failed to find an opening.

Nabweteme sent her freekick wide, Nassuna twice shot off the target and the same can be said of Midfielder Shamirah Nalugya.

It is a convincing performance from Crested Cranes who were cheered on by a sizeable crowd at Njeru.

Uganda, using the tournament to prepare for the 2022 Women AFCON, will return to action against Djibouti on Friday.

In the first game, Burundi beat Djibouti 3-0 to go top of Group A.

Players Used:

Uganda XI – Daisy Nakaziro, Sumaya Komuntale, Aisha Nantongo, Margret Kunihira, Asia Nakibuuka, Joan Nabirye, Hassifa Nassuna, Shamirah Nalugya, Margaret Kunihira, Fazilah Ikwaput, Natasha Shiraz

Rwanda XI – Claudine Itangishaka, Sifa Nibagwire, Louise Maniraguha, Joselyne Mukantaganira, Lydia Uzayisenga, Immaculate Uwimbabazi, Nadine Mukandayisenga, Dorothe Mukishimana, Calixte Iradukunda, Libelle Nibagwire, Anne Marie Ibangrye




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